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Topic: Living with artificial limbs
Living with artificial limbs
In the modern age, the loss of a limb presents one of the greatest challenges that an individual may ever have to face. Yet the historical record suggests that not only have people survived limb loss in the past, they have also attempted to replace them with artificial substitutes. We shall look at the lives of three people who suffered limb loss in the twentieth century, discovering how they lost their limbs while examining the attempts – some more successful than others – to replace these limbs artificially.
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Land mines in Cambodia
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Around the world, one person every half hour is either killed or seriously injured by a landmine. After years of conflict, Cambodia contains numerous minefields. In 1983, Lim stepped on a landmine while helping to cut a clearing in a bamboo forest.  > more

World War One Veteran
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The First World War created huge numbers of amputees, leading to a crisis in limb supply in Britain, but also to gradual improvements in limb design. In 1917, Private Gray left hospital having lost his right arm on a battlefield in France.  > more

Consequences of Thalidomide
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The thalidomide disaster in the late 1950s was followed by a project to provide the affected children with experimental artificial limb systems. Eddie was amongst the first to use them.  > more
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